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Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 11:32 AM


'The biggest turkey I ever hired'
One new employee decided to take a nap in the CEO's office the first week on the job. Oops.
By Anne Fisher, senior writer
November 26, 2008: 5:52 AM ET
(Fortune) -- Folks, this can't be cheering news for job hunters, but lots of companies big and small have declared hiring freezes lately - and most of their managers, it seems, are breathing sighs of relief.

In fact, 69%, or more than two-thirds, of hiring managers in a recent survey said they'd rather muddle along with the employees they have than take a chance on hiring someone new. The poll, conducted last month by Caliper (, a Princeton, N.J., leadership-development firm with a long list of Fortune 500 clients, surveyed 190 U.S. hiring managers across a variety of industries.

With Thanksgiving coming up, one question asked the bosses to "describe the biggest turkey you ever hired." A sampling of the answers:

"A fellow who, after one week on the job, asked for a week off so he could go to Florida. We said no. He called in sick for a week and came back with a tan."
"We hired someone who, the second day on the job, was found taking a nap in the CEO's office."
"One new hire came in late, left early, and told me, 'I'm going to be sick tomorrow, so I won't be in.' "
"I hired a salesman who had left the passenger window of his car open during a rainstorm, so I rode around all day on a wet seat."
"An individual who immediately ran up $5,000 in personal expenses on his corporate credit card, which the company has been unable to recover."
"We hired a driver who called in and said he had a flat, so he couldn't get to the next job. When we suggested he change the tire and move on, it turned out he actually had four flat tires. He had tried to leave a parking lot the wrong way (without paying) and, after running over the tire shredders with the front tires, kept going and blew out the back two."
"A young woman I hired snowballed me all the way. Whenever I was out of our two-person office, she would put up a 'Closed' sign and leave."
"I offered someone a position and he accepted, but before his start date, I found out he had worked here years ago and was fired. The reason for dismissal was that he requested time off to go to his mother's funeral. Somebody checked and found out his mother had died three years before. We didn't rehire him."
"The administrative assistant who came in on the first morning after I hired her, then left for lunch and never returned."
"One guy didn't show up for work, so I called his home. His wife said he was at work and gave me a number to call. When I called, I found out he had a new job."
Needless to say, if some new hires turn out to be turkeys, lots of hiring managers are no prize pigs themselves, and I expect we'll hear about them, too. Click on over to the Ask Annie blog and tell us: What was the worst hire you've ever made - or who was the biggest turkey you ever went to work for? Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

1 job, 11 interviewers

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I thought ya'll might enjoy this. It gave me a chuckle.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 12:09 PM

The one hospital I worked for was just dreadful. You got three sick days a year and God forbid you use them. If you used more than 3 days, you were written up and it would reflect on your performance evaluation and therefore your raise the following year. I got written up for abuse of sick time, when I contracted viral meningitis from an ER patient. a co-worker also contracted it at the same time. We both used more than our 3 days that year and despite it being work related, neither of us got so much as a phone call on how we were. It was the sickest I have ever been.
The same ER, we were never given time to recover from some of the dreadful things we would see -- I remember, after a particularly horrible car accident involving the death of an entire family, giving another patient discharge instructions with tears streaming down my face... I cant tell you the number of times we would deal with death, then just clean up the room and go on to the next, without so much as a pee break. I loved my work but it was so very hard. A few years later, I worked on a psych unit and we were "debriefed" frequently -- if we had to seclude a patient or if a patient became violent etc etc -- it was so much better for the staff...

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 2:58 PM

When I worked at a major University hospital we had a "swipe" system for timecards. If we were clocked six minutes late six times in a year it was cause for automatic dismissal, no matter the excuse. Traffic, accidents, bus broke down, ferry not running (What the hell are we supposed to do, swim across the Mississippi River) dead dog on the road, sick kid, dead car, it didn''t matter.

They stopped that police less than two years after instilling it because they had canned about 1/3 of entire staff of the hospital, and after it was discovered this didn't count for doctors or for upper administration.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 4:10 PM

Oh that reminds me, we had to clock in NO SOONER than 3 minutes before the hour of the start our shift and NO LATER that 2 min 59 seconds after. In the 6 years I worked there, 7 people were fired for various reasons -- up to that point I had never know anyone to be fired in 14 years of working as a nurse.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 5:00 PM

Bbear and Penn, isn't it funny that a nurse posted the thread and then 2 nurses comment with policies that, as nurses, we've experienced at multiple hospitals? I remember giving a 60day written notice of vacation time and when the new schedule came out, 2 days before I was leaving, I was scheduled the entire week. When I confronted the manager and told her I had been reminding her every week, she said I would have to find my own replacement for each shift scheduled. Aw, c'mon, I was going to Atlanta at the start of the Olympics! How could she not remember or think I wouldn't go?

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 6:42 PM

Oh and the nightmare of scheduling around holiday times -- I never minded working Thanksgiving -- it was easier in the long run, but trying to explain to little kids why I was going to work on Christmas was hard -- the only times I was off for both Christmas Eve AND Christmas day was when I had my gallbladder out -- and I had the surgery on Christmas Eve -- I always worked New Years Eve and then would come back and work daylight shift on New Years Day, so I could be off Christmas morning.... I do not miss those days.

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